A software system is a system of intercommunicating components based on software[1] forming part of a computer system (a combination of hardware and software).


The term "software system" is sometimes confusingly used instead of "computer program" or "software". However it is distinct since it is related to the application of systems theory approaches in the context of software engineering. A software system consists of several separate computer programs and associated configuration files, documentation, etc., that operate together.[1] The concept is used in the study of large and complex software, because it focuses on the major components of software and their interactions. It is also related to the field of software architecture.

Software systems are an active area of research for groups interested in software engineering in particular and systems engineering in general.[2] Academic journals like the Journal of Systems and Software (published by Elsevier) are dedicated to the subject.[3]

The ACM Software System Award is an annual award that honors people or an organization "for developing a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both".[4] It has been awarded by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since 1983, with a cash prize sponsored by IBM.


Major categories of software systems include those based on application software, programming software and system software, although the distinction can sometimes be difficult. Examples of software systems includeoperating systems, computer reservations systems, air traffic control systems, military command and control systems, telecommunication networks, content management systems, database management systems, expert systems, etc.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sommerville, Ian (2001). "What is software?". Software Engineering (6th ed.). Addison-Wesley. pp. 5–6. ISBN 0 201 39815 X. 
  2. The Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. Retrieved on June 12, 2012.
  3. Journal of Systems and Software (JSS). DBLP. University of Trier, Germany. Retrieved on June 12, 2012.
  4. Software System Award. ACM Awards. Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved on June 12, 2012.

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